Remembering Peterloo


This new publication under my imprint will be launched at a showing of Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on Saturday 3 November.

On 11th October 1819 tens of thousands of people poured on to Newcastle Town Moor to register their anger at the recent event in Manchester, the Peterloo Massacre, where unarmed demonstrators had been cut down by the sabre-slashing Yeomanry. In its size the Newcastle gathering may rate, even today, as the biggest political event in the north east region’s history, yet it is little known. This pamphlet examines the background and pieces together the story of the happenings and their aftermath.

John Charlton taught in High Schools and at Leeds Polytechnic and Leeds University. He is the author of several books including

Hidden Chains: The Slavery Business and North East England (2008)

Don’t you hear the H Bombs Thunder: Youth and Politics on Tyneside (2009)

Making Middle England (2017) published by  History & Social Action Publications:

The Wind from Peterloo

ISBN No. 978-0-9927299-4-3

£3 plus p&p

Orders to:

Debate about Peterloo and its importance

See John Harris in The Guardian






About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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